Summer is flying by and if you need some help slowing it down – stop and smell the Monarda fistulosa – Wild Bergamot, our July plant of the month!
This plant is a member of the mint family, and is part of the genus “Monarda” – which includes the ever popular bee balms. The unique looking blooms are typically light violet in color and not only are they eye-catching but they’re fragrant too!
Wild Bergamot is native to Virginia, does well in light shade or full sun, and grows to be between 3 and 4 feet tall. The blooming season is from July to September – perfect for pollinators and wildlife who rely on blooms during the hot months – it’s loved by bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds.
In bloom now, and for the next several weeks, see if you can spot Wild Bergamot along the Low Line next time you visit!